Soaring with Eagles

It seemed fitting that, on the eve of the anniversary of the passing of a great friend and naturalist, I was surprised this morning by an immature eagle feeding on something in a hay field. Mobbing crows forced it to fly, too quickly for me to adjust camera settings. When I finally locked on to the eagle, the distance was alarming – too far away for a quality shot, twice my threshold shooting distance. I offer just the image, with no explanation. This was a good day.

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Real friends embrace the full palette of one another’s life experiences with deep understanding, admiration and respect. NBH

Photo by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

Eagle in the Mist

I’ve visited and blogged the “deer carcass on ice” site for three consecutive days now. The first visit was a career highlight. Yesterday I was a little reckless in my approach and spooked a juvenile eagle off the carcass. (before leaving, I photographed a lake shore scene, choosing a subject that couldn’t run or fly away from me; there’s something to be said for a still life!).

This morning I enlisted the help of Mother Nature in my effort to outwit wary eagles. I arrived mid morning, concealed in a blanket of dense, low fog. The scene was lovely, serene, dreamy, but  I couldn’t see anything beyond the immediate foreground.

The fog was rolling along quickly with a westerly breeze, and soon began to dissipate. I didn’t know it at the time, but the darkish spot in the fog layer, left of center, would command my undivided attention for the next 30 minutes.

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As the fog lifted, an eagle appeared in the mist. A juvenile Bald Eagle.

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I had 30 minutes of quality time with this bird before another vehicle pulled in to the lake access area. Too much disturbance. The party was over.

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Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.